Storage Platform Migration Mac to Windows: The Joy. The Horror. My Nightmare. Like a lot of Systems Administrators these days I work in a mixed platform environment of Macs and Windows. In Today’s BYOD culture this subject can make your blood boil. No matter where you stand on the war you can appreciate my struggle.
Biostar, a company which has been releasing motherboards for almost three decades, has just released the new Hi-Fi Z97WE. While Biostar has been around for some time, it isn't usually the first company that comes to mind when searching for a new motherboard. Although this may be the case for most for most PC enthusiasts, the fact remains that it will be hard to find a motherboard loaded with the same new features as the Hi-Fi Z97WE for a better price. Biostar is known for having some of the most affordable boards on the market and the Hi-Fi Z97WE is no exception. You can find Biostar's Hi-Fi Z97WE on Newegg for $114.99, which is an outstanding price for a Haswell board.
Most PC gamers and enthusiasts use expensive headsets for pristine audio quality and clarity and are often plagued by an annoying and possibly costly nuisance, there is nowhere to properly place a headset and Luxa² has found a solution to that problem. The E-One is an elegant, well built, sturdy aluminum headset holder that is capable of holding any and all headsets. With the E-One headset holder, Luxa² saved gamers and desktop users from having to hang an expensive headset on your monitor or simply leaving it on a desk where it can get scratched and possibly fall.
If you are a gamer or If you have a passion to overclock, tweak, tune and what have you, the Maximus VII line were practically made for you. The Maximus VII Gene is part of the R.O.G. Lineup in motherboards for Asus, we have the Formula, Hero, Gene and then the Impact, where you are scaling in size alone. The retail price of the Maximus VII Gene is $219.99, making it one of the more expensive current mATX motherboards currently, compared to Gigabyte, ASRock and MSI, but for what it brings you I believe it is well worth every cent.
Today we are taking a look at the Tonga-based Sapphire R9 285 Dual-X. Along with the architecture enhancements found in the new Hawaii cards, this 285 also sports Sapphire's tried and true dual-fan heat-pipe based cooler. With Tonga's lower power draw combined with a quality cooler, we can expect some low temps, quiet operation, and plenty of overclocking headroom. Read on to see how it performs.
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Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Jun 3 2014, 9:42 am
Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Jun 3 2014, 5:30 am
Computex 2014 Event Coverage: Crucial DDR4 Preview
We all know DDR4 looms on the horizon but not everyone is familiar with what the transition to DDR4 means and how it will impact the PC industry. We bring you a look at Crucials DDr4 entry and their take on what it means to casual consumers as well as enthusiasts. Tune in to our video for a first look at this technology as we step you through DDR through DDR4 and the benefits each brought and how DDR4 will change pricing and overclocking.
Crucial Also jst announced the new MX100 SSD with some surprising performance and even more surprising price points. Coming in 128, 256, amd 512GB versions this drive brings SSD’s even closer for consumers who have been waiting. Check out our preview of the new MX100 with the guys at Crucial during Computex 2014:
Check out our gallery of the New MX100 SSD and DDR4 Ballastix Ram from Crucial during Computex 2014:
Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Feb 25 2014, 4:45 pm
WD® DEBUTS SURVEILLANCE-CLASS HARD DRIVE LINE
New WD Purple™ 3.5-inch Drives Equipped for
Home/Small Business Security-system Environments
Feb. 25, 2014 – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and storage industry leader, today announced the availability of WD Purple™, a purpose-built line of 3.5-inch, high-capacity hard drives for surveillance applications. Designed specifically for video surveillance units, WD Purple hard drives excel in new and existing home and small business security environments with up to eight hard drives and up to 32 high-definition (HD) video cameras. Shipping today, WD Purple hard drives are available in capacities from 1 TB up to 4 TB. “By expanding our ‘Power of Choice’ product portfolio with WD Purple, we make it simple for our VARs, integrators and consumers to select the right drive engineered for their application and validated with our industry leading surveillance partners,” said Matt Rutledge, senior vice president and general manager of WD’s Storage Technology group. “WD optimized the WD Purple line of hard drives for surveillance applications to improve high-definition video playback, and operate in 24×7 workloads of surveillance environments.”
“Different from ordinary desktop hard drives designed for eight hours of daily operation, WD Purple drives have the built-in reliability to operate in Hikvision home and small business system installations so critical video footage is available when it is needed most,” said Ying Yang, director of testing, Hikvision. “An additional benefit of WD Purple drives is they support up to eight drives and 32 HD cameras so there is the flexibility to expand for future system coverage.”
“The biggest trend impacting the video surveillance market in recent years has been the transition from analog cameras to network cameras,” said Jon Cropley, principal analyst for video surveillance at IHS Technology (NYSE: IHS). “With enhanced resolution, wide dynamic range and day/night functionality in cameras increasing, demand for storage solutions capable of accommodating large volumes of video will also increase.”
Optimized to withstand the demands of always-on digital PVR, DVR and NVR recording environments, WD Purple hard drives offer low power consumption and many advanced performance features typically reserved for enterprise-level storage.
WD Purple hard drives are equipped with an array of exclusive WD technologies, including:
– AllFrame™ – When combined with ATA streaming support, AllFrame™ technology helps to reduce video footage loss with a proprietary cache policy management technology to help improve data flow and playback. WD Purple includes exclusive firmware upgrades that protect against video pixilation and interruptions within a surveillance system
– Advanced Format Technology™ (AFT) – the more efficient media format that enables increased areal densities, adopted by WD and other drive manufacturers to continue growing hard drive capacities
Engineered for Compatibility
Built for easy integration into new or existing video surveillance systems, WD Purple hard drives are designed and tested to surveillance-class standards and are compatible with industry-leading chassis and chip-sets. Without a current industry standard, WD worked closely with surveillance partners to develop a proprietary benchmark to define and demonstrate performance in surveillance systems. Tests of WD Purple hard drives indicate superior performance to competitive surveillance-class brands of storage, especially as cameras, channel count and workloads increase.
A special Compatibility Selector is available to assist customers with surveillance drive selection at:
Price and Availability
Shipping now through select distributors and resellers, WD Purple surveillance-class hard drives are available in capacities from 1 TB up to 4 TB and covered by a three- year limited warranty. MSRP for the 3.5-inch 1 TB drive, model #: (WD10PURX) is $89.99; the 2 TB drive, model #: (WD20PURX) is $119.99; the 3 TB drive, model #: (WD30PURX) is $159.99 and the 4 TB drive, model #: (WD40PURX) is $199.99 USD.
Additional information about WD Purple hard drives and limited warranty terms may be
found on the company website at http://products.wd.com/wdpurple.
Announcement written by: Jason Jacobs on Jan 30 2014, 10:54 am
X2 presents the SATURN real 5.1 gaming headset
Introducing the latest addition to the X2 series of gaming headsets, the SATURN real 5.1 surround sound gaming headset. This new high-quality and professional gaming headset is built with a high quality microphone, 3 speakers and a bass vibrator in each ear-cup. The Saturn series gaming headsets are designed with comfort, functionality and genuine gaming pleasure in mind. The Saturn 5.1 is connected by a single USB connector. Software to manage the headsets settings can be downloaded from our website. The line cable contains an extensive audio controller with which you can adjust the volume of the separate channels; Sub, Front, Center, Rear, Microphone and overall volume. Hear your opponent before you see him and dominate the game with this sophisticated gaming headset. X2 – All geared up!
• Real 5.1 sound system
• Revolutionary sound quality
• Cool color scheme and design
• Lightweight, durable and comfortable
• Over ear cups and passive noise cancellation
• Flex microphone
• Extensive multi-channel audio-control unit
• Specialized downloadable software
• Backed by 2 year manufacturer service warranty
The SATURN headset is compatible with PC, Notebook, Laptop, XBOX, PlayStation and many more
devices with USB port.
The SATURN, part number: X2-HS7601-USB retail price is USD 81.95 / EURO 59.95 (Ex VAT)
SATURN, X2-HS7601-USB : http://www.x2products.com/pc-accessories/saturn-x2-hs7601-usb/
Announcement written by: Claribel Alvarez on Jan 28 2014, 10:34 am
Sennheiser CES 2014 Coverage
Continuing the coverage of CES 2014, Sennheiser has provided us quite a great look into their new and innovating style of headphones, in and on the ear, a headset, for you gamers, and Bluetooth headset for the on the go business people.
Whether creating music or moving crowds: The three new headphones deliver excellent, dynamic sound reproduction with the highest levels of external noise attenuation. The durable materials, exceptional build-quality and unrivaled product support make these the headphones of choice for professionals.
Designed for the most demanding users and punishing pro environments, they have been developed in conjunction with some of the world’s top DJs, among them Bob Sinclar, Luciano, Andy Baxter, Missill and Davina. Naturally, the best sound quality tops their list of demands: the new headphones deliver excellent, dynamic sound reproduction, inspired by the legendary HD 25.
The HD8 DJ is dedicated to the needs of professional DJs with truly excellent sound reproduction, while the HD7 DJ offers an engaging, dynamic sound that’s perfect for playing live. Both delivering a mid-low end emphasis, the sound remains tight and never overwhelms, with clarity retained in the high frequencies. Meanwhile, the HD6 MIX, a model aimed primarily at studio-based music creation, delivers a balanced, accurate sound for mixing and monitoring work.
The DJ headphone range is built for complete user comfort for hours at the decks, in the studio or performing. The elliptical shape of the ear cups also avoids pinching the ears and is enhanced by interchangeable ear pads for comfortable listening during long periods of use. For hassle-free one-ear monitoring, both DJ models feature swiveling ear cups with up to 210 of movement and three different wearing positions. With both coiled and straight 3m high-performance cables included that can connect to either ear cup, these headphones can adapt to suit any individual preference. A bayonet twist lock makes for secure connection to the headphones.
All three models are built to withstand the rigors of daily studio work and a life on the road. Sennheiser has engineered the range from durable, high-quality materials to take even the roughest everyday professional use, proven through rigorous and extended quality tests. And when the life on the road pushes the limits too far, Sennheiser’s new headphones offer replaceable parts and a peerless commitment to customer service with at least five years’ parts availability guarantee even after end-of-life, and global support for quick replacements, wherever the work takes you.
Announcement written by: Marc on Jan 21 2014, 4:42 pm
Adding to our CES 2014 coverage, we had the pleasure of seeing TRENDnet’s new products announced during CES. Here is a quick breakdown of the new products releasing over the next couple months for TRENDnet.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the extreme performance AC1900 Dual Band Wireless Router, model TEW-818DRU – which offers unmatched performance, powered by a 1 GHz processor, high power radio amplifiers for extended wireless coverage, and Gigabit Wireless AC networking speeds. The TEW-818DRU is designed to provide the optimum wireless experience in a busy connected home. TRENDnet’s TEW-818DRU creates two extreme performance wireless networks — an ultimate performance 1.3 Gigabits per second (Gbps) Wireless AC network, to connect all Wireless AC devices over the fastest wireless speeds available today; and an extreme performance 600 Megabits per second (Mbps) Wireless N band, to connect everyday wireless devices such as tablets, smart phones, and computers.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the expansion of its Powerline 500 product portfolio with the addition of the Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter Kit (model TPL-408E2K), Powerline 500 AV2 Wireless Access Point (model TPL-410AP), and Powerline 500 Wireless Kit (TPL-410APK).
Powerline 500 AV2 Adapter Kit
- Includes two TPL-408E adapters
- 500Mbps powerline networking
- Up to double the real life performance as compared to first generation Powerline 500 adapters
- TRENDnet adapters auto-connect out of the box
- Pre-encrypted for your security
- High performance Gigabit port
- Power Save mode reduces electrical consumption by 80%
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the AC600 High Gain Wireless USB Adapter, model TEW-806UBH – which offers significantly extended coverage and increased connection speeds at range.
TRENDnet’s TEW-806UBH connects a Windows® or Mac® computer to a Wireless AC network at 433 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds or to a Wireless N network at 150 Megabits per second (Mbps) speeds. The adapter’s high gain antenna significantly increases wireless coverage of a connected computer as compared to other Wireless AC adapters. The adjustable antenna rotates and tilts to further improve wireless connectivity. Additionally, the TEW-806UBH maintains much higher connection speeds when located far from the connected wireless router or access point.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, new HD cloud cameras with build-in high speed Wireless AC networking. Equipped with Wireless AC networking, this line of cloud cameras, is not compatible with Wireless N networks. The listed cameras require the presence of a Wireless AC network, generated for example by TRENDnet’s TEW-812DRU Wireless AC router, in order to function.
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, is excited to announce a new Powerline 1000 or Gigabit class of Powerline solutions, with the launch of the Powerline 1000 Adapter Kit, model TPL-420E2K.
TRENDnet’s TPL-420E2K is built around Qualcomm’s QCA7500 chipset and delivers Gigabit class networking over existing electrical lines. The backbone of Powerline 1000, or the HomePlug AV2 standard, is Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) Powerline technology. For the first time, Powerline products use all three electrical wires: the live, neutral, and ground wires. MIMO technology sends information over the fastest two out of the three available electrical wires. If a consumer lives in an old home which is not wired with ground wires the maximum throughput is reduced from 1,000 to 600 Mbps
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the expansion of its cloud camera product portfolio, with the addition of the HD Wireless Day / Night Cloud Camera (model TV-IP762IC) and HD Wireless Day / Night PTZ Cloud Camera (model TV-IP862IC).
TRENDnet, a best-in-class wired and wireless networking hardware brand, today announces from the 2014 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, the Wireless Baby Monitor, model TV-IP743SIC – which makes it easier than ever to monitor your baby from home or from around the world. After a brief installation using TRENDnet’s free Apple® or Android™ mobile app, simply open a web browser or the free app to view live video on your mobile, tablet, or computer. Users can view video from home or from any internet connection with the help of TRENDnet’s free cloud service.
The compact camera has a convenient adjustable base and comes with an articulated wall mounting bracket for wall installations. Night vision is a tremendous advantage. The TV-IP742SIC’s infrared night vision provides visibility in complete darkness for distances of up to 5 meters (16 ft.). Users can also program the camera to email video clips of detected motion or sound activities and it has as built in speaker and microphone for two way audio communications.